Archive | February 2013

5 Tips to Make DIY Shopping Easy

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There are lessons to be learnt watching teams on Channel 9’s The Block running frantically around the hardware store searching for the right shade of paint or the perfect tile combination. This wastes a lot of time (and potentially money) through buying items that are the wrong size, colour or even completely forgotten.

When it comes to renovating and property maintenance, it is important to be organised when shopping for materials and tools. Here are 5 tips from our Hubbies on how to tactically plan your trip to the local hardware or home ware store.

1.    Make a Budget… and Stick With it

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Before you go shopping, make a budget of what you can realistically afford and stick to it. Often you can find yourself tempted by more expensive materials.

2. Make a List

After you’ve budgeted, make a list of exactly what you need to buy. This will save you time when you’re in the store and ensure your shopping goals remain on track (how many times have you left a shop with more things than you need?). Don’t be afraid to ask the shop assistants for help – that’s what they’re there for.

3. Take Samples

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Need a particular colour for the wall or a certain shade of polish for the floor? Before you make a choice (and potentially the wrong one) take some samples home with you.

4. Photograph Your Room

If you have a wide scope of ideas and are unsure on where to start, bring in a photo of the room or space you are working on as a guide. Mobile phones make this much easier to do! Having a photo on hand will help you choose what you need.

5. Do Your Research

It’s always worth your while doing a bit of research before hitting the shops. This includes assessing your ability to perform the job at hand.

For expert advice or an obligation free quote, call your local Hubby on 1800 803 339 or visit the website www.hireahubby.com.au.

The Block: All Stars airs on Channel 9 tonight at 7pm.

No job too big or too small for the one you love

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It’s the thought that counts. These are the words on the lips of many blokes today as they rack their brains over a gift to buy their loved one. But this Valentine’s Day, why not really impress your other half by doing something they actually want done around the home.

We know that up to one third of you have waited up to a year before completing simple maintenance jobs around the house. We know this because we researched it.

Flowers, chocolates and a candle-lit dinner might entertain her for a night, but fixing that fly screen, replacing those cracked tiles or repainting that wall is what she really wants. Trust us, it will be noticed!

But we’re not going to sit here and tell you all the hotspots for unfinished jobs around the home. That’s a bit boring on Valentine’s Day. Those jobs are for us anyway. Instead, embrace your inner romance as we share a bit of ours with you.

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Don’t worry about presents – you’ll never get the right one. Give her an experience. Arrange a romantic dinner in the backyard with fairy lights. Reuse Christmas lights to create warm ambience if you have to.

Drape them over tree branches around the backyard. Wrap them around handrails and poles on the verandah. Put candles on the table, and don’t forget a tablecloth!

The bit about chocolates above should also be included in your plans.

Hopefully this sparks some romance in you. Let us know what else you’ve got planned!

The Block: All Stars – Heritage Challenge

 

The Block is back again with our favourite contestants from previous shows, the All Stars, fighting it out for the holy grail of reality TV renovation. As Hire A Hubby’s ambassador and show host Scott Cam takes the courageous couples on a ride through renders and refurbs, fixing and fixating on in-home designs, we’ll be there every step of the way talking tips and tactics to help you guys at home.

As always, the budding builders will each be renovating a heritage listed property. Despite being a dream for many Aussies, restoring and maintaining a heritage home can be a headache with many speed bumps and stop signs along the way.

This week, Hire A Hubby is offering some simple do’s and don’ts when it comes to doing up heritage homes, but you’ll find the tips handy for most projects!

DO your homework

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Research and understand the property before you start. What was the original style of the home? A good place to start is finding an original photo of the house to get an idea of what it once looked like. Call your local Hubby to find out what you might be able to do with the space.

DON’T touch the ceiling

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Decorative high ceilings, fireplaces and timber joinery are an integral part of the value of many old homes. Bring these spaces to life, don’t remove them.

DO keep some wear and tear

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Honour the battle scars of the aged property and remove the things that don’t add to the overall architectural style. Patina of age is ‘in vogue’ and is valuable, so preserve worn steps or old floorboards.

DON’T replace
Things like replacing timber-edged windows with aluminium, which may appear more ‘modern’, mightn’t necessarily add value to the home in the long run.Consider restoring over removing.

For any ideas, expert advice or an obligation free quote, call your local Hire A Hubby on 1800 803 339 or visit the website www.hireahubby.com.au.

The Block airs on Channel 9 at 7 O’Block. Watch this space each week for our Hubbies’ take on the show.